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C All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Dan Gookin
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Book Description

  • Covers everything users need to get up to speed on C programming, including advanced topics to take their programming skill to the next level
  • Walks C programmers through the entire development cycle of a C program-designing and developing the program, writing source code, compiling the code, linking the code to create the executable programs, debugging, and deployment
  • Provides thorough coverage of keywords, program flow, conditional statements, constants and variables, numeric values, arrays, strings, functions, pointers, debugging, prototyping, and much more
  • Addresses some advanced programming topics such as graphics and game programming as well as Windows and Linux programming
  • Includes dozens of sample programs that readers can adapt and modify for their own uses
  • Written by the author of the first-ever For Dummies book-a man known for his ability to take complex material and present it in a way that makes it simple and fun


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From the Back Cover

6 books in 1 – plus sample code on our companion Web site

From basics to advanced techniques, here’s your key to C programming!

No need to sing the blues – every important note about C programming is in this handy desk reference! From keywords, functions, and operators to strings and random access files, one of these six minibooks has it covered. And, you’ll find that this book remains a handy reference long after you’ve become a virtuoso in C.

The Dummies Way

  • Coverage of the essentials and beyond
  • Explanations in plain English
  • "Get in, get out" information
  • Thumbtabs and other navigation aids
  • Tear-out cheat sheet
  • A dash of humor and fun

Discover how to:

  • Understand the C skeleton and source code
  • Use conditional statements, constants and variables, strings, arrays, and functions
  • Debug your code
  • Program games and graphics
  • Develop programs in Windows® and Linux®

About the Author

Dan Gookin has been writing about technology for 20 years. He has contributed articles to numerous high-tech magazines and written more than 90 books about personal computing technology, many of them accurate.
He combines his love of writing with his interest in technology to create books that are informative and entertaining, but not boring. Having sold more than 14 million titles translated into more than 30 languages, Dan can attest that his method of crafting computer tomes does seem to work.
Perhaps Dan’s most famous title is the original DOS For Dummies, published in 1991. It became the world’s fastest-selling computer book, at one time moving more copies per week than the New York Times number-one best seller (although, because it’s a reference book, it could not be listed on the NYT best seller list). That book spawned the entire line of For Dummies books, which remains a publishing phenomenon to this day.
Dan’s most recent titles include PCs For Dummies, 9th Edition; Buying a Computer For Dummies, 2005 Edition; Troubleshooting Your PC For Dummies; Dan Gookin’s Naked Windows XP; and Dan Gookin’s Naked Office. He publishes a free weekly computer newsletter, “Weekly Wambooli Salad,” and also maintains the vast and helpful Web site www.wambooli.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 6523 KB
  • Print Length: 840 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QO9PGQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #433,680 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a tad bit false advertised...... March 15, 2006
Format:Paperback
This is a great book and I learned a lot about programming with it. Dan seems to be a good author, and he takes you through it one step at a time.

On the back of the book it says:

1.Understand the C skeleton and source code

2.Use conditional statements, constants and variables, strings,

arrays, and functions

3.Debug your code

4.Program games and graphics

5.Develop programs in Windows® and Linux®

Umm... litle problem on number 4...

This book has some sample game source code, which is pretty decent, but it barely even touches on graphics! I have a little programming experience, so I got this book to strenghthen my knowledge of C and to get into some graphics programming... and I didn't find any!

Overall, this is a great book to begin learning, and/or solidifing your knowledge of, the C programming language.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great, great book about C December 17, 2004
Format:Paperback
I found this book to be a true learning experience. I had bought the "C for Dummies, 2nd ed." book before and needed a fast hands-on experience with the C language. Though I'm not a computer newbie (chemical engineering major), this book has made, I believe, as a smooth transition to C software development as it is possible with any book.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction to C November 2, 2008
Format:Paperback
I used this book to learn C having come from a Java and scripting background. I simply couldn't penetrate some of the other books and this definitely got me up and running. I'd say it's more of an intro book, though it's sheer size allows him to cover quite a bit. I would definitely NOT get this book if you're already a C-stud! You'd probably enjoy a more advanced book.

As a software engineer, I usually expect to get a book like this along with a real reference book (I also got C in a Nutshell which although it's very detailed and quite good, can tend to assume some the reader knows a lot already). So I don't have the typical developer's complaint that it's too basic because I believe it does it's job well.

I went through the book manually typing in the examples in about a month of pretty consistent self study. It was pretty much pain free and I don't recall more than one or two code errors. That's pretty darn good in a nearly thousand page book! I've emailed the author and he's actually responded and answered my questions. Five stars from me...keep it up Dan!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent intro or review October 17, 2006
Format:Paperback
If you are a newcomer to C, buy this book. If you are a rusty veteran, like I was -- out of practice with C but wanting to get back in -- buy this book. Start at the beginning, work thru the exercises, and you'll get to a respectable level of sophistication very shortly. Gookin is methodical, thorough, and humorous (without being silly), and covers all the main issues in C including pointers (several good chapters on this one point :-'), functions, structures, and linked lists. The examples he gives you to help you thru the coding exercises are clear and easy to follow, and should serve as handy models for you own coding in the future.

It doesn't hurt to have a copy of Kernigan & Richie to review the standard functions and header files as he covers them, and to ensure that you become familiar with the KR writ.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY WELL WRITTEN!!! July 15, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
NOTE ABOUT WINDOWS VISTA/WINDOWS 7: There are many FREE compiler's that work with this book available to download! Before I type my review I realize that it is highly possible that some people may be contemplating purchasing this book, but wondering if they can find a compiler to use with this book on modern Windows Vista/Windows 7 computers. The answer is yes there are many FREE compilers my personal favorite is listed at the end of this review.
If you use Linux you will most probably already have the gcc compiler installed on your system!

C is my favorited programming language. C came before C++ and in my opinion gets less attention these days than it should! I also know some C++ and BASIC(QBASIC, yabasic, and Liberty BASIC)-I don't recomend learning basic these days. I use C and sometimes C++ on both Windows and Linux(Ubuntu) systems and in the past have used Red Hat and Mandrake Linux with C++.

This is a great book for learning C if you have little or no programming experience, and even if you have some experience with another programming language. I have never read the "C for Dummies" by the same author, but if you have any trouble following this book the other is supposed to be slower paced and explain things in a more understandable way.

The author does an amazing job at balancing hummor and information. I hope this author, the author of the first for Dummies book, publishes some more C books and hopefully a couple books on Intel and AMD assemly.

If you know how to use a computer and maybe have programmed a little in C++ or another language this book, "C All-In-One Desk Reference" will probably be easy for you to follow.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book for learning C March 29, 2005
Format:Paperback
If you are thinking of learning C then this is the book.Go and buy it. There are a host of other books on C like the classic K&R, How to program in C [Deitel & Deitel], C for Turbo C++ [Robert Lafore], C Primer Plus [Steven Prata] etc., all these books have their own merits as well as draw backs but Dan Gookin's is the very best.Dan teaches C like no other.If pointers or linked lists scare you to death. Have a look in this book! You will see how simply it is explained an executed. Yes, if you want to learn C BUY THIS BOOK!! Thanks Dan.
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Published 1 day ago by porter james jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 100/5 stars
Arrived before time, big surprise. It's the best C book in my life ever. K&R C is the most boring book, whereas this book is the best and is motivating.
Published 23 days ago by Suttiwit Sukpinit
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for Learning C: But only if you have a foundation in...
Very good book for learning the C programming language. I would, however, suggest that before delving into learning ANY programming language that you develop a foundation in the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jacob Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars REVIEW
HAVEN'T COMPLETELY READ THIS BOOK YET BUT IM PLANING TO DO SO SOON

SO FAR THIS BOOK IS VERY EDUCATIONAL, FUNNY AND EASY TO FOLLOW

THANKS FOR YOUR TIME
Published 3 months ago by Jack
2.0 out of 5 stars Eh
This book has been around a while. It's decent. accu dot org definitely does not recommend the book, though the original review has been mitigated. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Robert W. Klein
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!!!
Excellent. Really covers all the little gotchas. Made it easy to go from C# to C. Really liked it alot.
Published 8 months ago by D. L. Storm
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book, Dan, thanks a lot!
The one thing that I disliked in this book is the explanation of nested structures, and file processing part. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Baur
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
I have skimmed through the book a few times and have added it to my list of books to read.
Published 9 months ago by Mark1968
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! I am learning C now so it helped me!
We are learning C in my Computer Science class but we don't have text book but I used this to refer to things and learn! It was a great book!
Published 12 months ago by Praneeth Babu Marella
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for beginning programming
This is an excellent book for beginners or for those just curious about the C language and how it differs from C++ and others. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Rob
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More About the Author

Dan Gookin has been writing about technology for over 20 years. He combines his love of writing with his gizmo fascination to create books that are informative, entertaining, and not boring. Having written more over 120 titles with 12 million copies in print translated into over 30 languages, Dan can attest that his method of crafting computer tomes seems to work.

Perhaps his most famous title is the original DOS For Dummies, published in 1991. It became the world's fastest-selling computer book, at one time moving more copies per week than the New York Times #1 bestseller (though as a reference, it could not be listed on the NYT Bestseller list). From that book spawned the entire line of For Dummies books, which remains a publishing phenomena to this day.

Dan's most popular titles include PCs For Dummies Word For Dummies, Laptops For Dummies, and Droid X For Dummies. He also maintains the vast and helpful Web site, www.wambooli.com.

Dan holds a degree in Communications/Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego. Presently, he lives in the Pacific Northwest, where he enjoys spending time with his sons playing video games inside while they watch the gentle woods of Idaho.


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